Towing Accident Damages Two Engines. Two airport employees were injured. No band members were onboard the aircraft.
After only two weeks on tour, the Boeing 747 suffered significant damage in a towing accident yesterday. According to Iron Maiden’s website, the aircraft:
“was tethered to a tow truck to be taken for refueling prior to flying over the Andes to Cordoba for the next show. On moving the steering pin that is part of the mechanism that connects the ground tug to the aircraft seemingly fell out. On making a turn the aircraft had no steering and collided with the ground tug badly damaging the undercarriage, two of the aircrafts engines and injuring two ground tug operators, both of whom have been taken to hospital.”
The website also said that the damage was significant requiring the possible replacement of two engines as well as repairs to the landing gear.
It was just two weeks ago that Avgeekery profiled the jumbo 747-400 aircraft that was painted in Ed Force One colors. At the time, the band was very excited to travel the globe in such a large jet. The jet had enough capacity to bring their ‘roadies’ as well as all the stage equipment.
Despite the damage, Iron Maiden has remarked that the show will go on even without the chartered jet. In their blog post they said,
We are currently making contingency arrangements to get to the show in Cordoba tomorrow with band, crew and equipment intact. Fortunately the 20 tons of equipment had not been loaded onto Ed Force One at the time of the accident, and none of the band or our road crew were onboard or near the airport. Although this is tragic for our beautiful plane we do not expect this to affect our concert schedule including the next 2 shows in Cordoba and Buenos Aires. And we hope to find a new Ed Force One to continue this adventure with us in the near future. We will keep everyone updated when we know more, so keep checking only on this site for official news.